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ENG 1015 Sec 331March 19 1997Nathaniel Hawthorne Weaves Dreams into Reality in Much of His 19th Century Prose Nathaniel Hawthorne a master of American fiction often utilizes dreams within the annals of his writings to penetrate explore and express his perceptions of the complex moral and spiritual conflicts that plague mankind His clever yet crucial purpose for using dreams is to represent through symbolism the human divergence conflict manifested in the souls of man during the firm Christian precepts of the Era in which he lived As a visionary in an extremely conservative Puritanical society he carefully and successfully manages to depict humanitys propensity for sin and secrecy and any resulting punishment or atonement by weaving dreams into his tales The dreams he refers to in many of his writings are heavily symbolic due to his Christian foundation and they imply that he views most dreams as a pigmentation of reality Hawthornes ability to express and subsequently bring to fruition the true state of mans sinful nature by parallelling dreams with reality represents not only his religious beliefs but also his true mastery of observation regarding the human soul An examination of Hawthornes own narrative in his short story The Birthmark published in 1850 during the latter part of the period of Puritanism expands his observations of mankind with keen insightTruth often finds its way to the mind close-muffledin robes of sleep and then speaks with uncompromisingdirectness of matters in regard to which we practicean unconscious self-deception during our wakingmoments par15The prophetic statement was made by Hawthorne to open the readers mind and perhaps inject an introspective glimpse of his perspective that dreams do indeed contain precursors or warnings of future conscious realities He also contends that people often purposely disregard the contents of their dreams and do not face the realities that they are confronted with while in unconscious moments of slumber Hawthornes writings are marked by intrinsic
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